Commercial Roofs: Repair or Replacement?

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Commercial roofs are the backbone of any business, safeguarding investments and ensuring a secure environment. However, with the passage of time, inevitable challenges arise: damage from weather conditions, natural wear and tear, or installation failures. Faced with these issues, the question arises: is it better to repair or replace the roof?

However, the decision must take into account various factors such as:

  • The age of the roof
  • The type of roof
  • The extent of the damage
  • The available budget

A relatively new roof with minor damage might benefit from targeted repairs, while an old or severely damaged roof may require a complete replacement to ensure long-term safety and durability.

What is the average lifespan of a commercial roof, and how does it impact the decision of repair or replacement?

 

We share a table comparing the estimated lifespan of different types of commercial roofs:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember, these are averages and may vary based on the quality of installation, maintenance, and local weather conditions. Regularly assessing the roof’s condition can help anticipate the need for repairs or replacement, optimizing long-term costs.

Types of repairable damage in commercial roofs:

  • Small cracks and fissures:
    • These issues are often repairable with specific roof sealants. Addressed promptly, they can prevent more extensive damage.
  • Moisture damage:
    • Leaks can cause moisture stains or mold on the roof. Identifying and repairing the source of the leak is crucial. Minor moisture damage can be addressed with patches or sealants, but if it spreads, it may require more extensive attention.
  • Material detachment or uplift:
    • If roof components are detached or lifted due to strong winds or wear, they can often be reattached or replaced. This is especially applicable to loose membranes or shingles.
  • Water pooling or stagnation:
    • Drainage issues can lead to water accumulation in specific areas of the roof. Adjusting the drainage system or leveling the roof may be sufficient to resolve this.

Regular inspections are important to detect these issues in early stages. However, if the damage is extensive, compromising the roof’s safety or structural integrity, it may require replacement instead of simple repairs.

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